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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 26 (2015), Issue 4, Pages 212-217

Pasteurella multocida Non-Native Joint Infection after a Dog Lick: A Case Report Describing a Complicated Two-Stage Revision and a Comprehensive Review of the Literature

Lam Philip W1 and Andrea V Page1,2

1Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2Division of Infectious Diseases, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) are commonly caused by pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci; however, other microbial etiologies and specific risk factors are increasingly recognized. Pasteurella multocida is a Gram-negative coccobacillus that is part of the normal oral flora in many animals, and is particularly common in dogs and cats. PJIs caused by P multocida have been reported only rarely in the literature and typically occur in the context of an animal bite or scratch. The present article describes a P multocida joint infection that occurred after a dog lick and complicated a two-stage revision arthroplasty. A comprehensive review of the literature regarding P multocida PJIs follows.